Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

October 09, 2012 08:15 ET

September 2012 Housing Starts in Thunder Bay

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 9, 2012) - Housing starts in Thunder Bay, Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) were trending at 314 units in September, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The trend is a six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR)1 of housing starts. The standalone monthly SAAR was 249 units in September, down from 355 in August.

"After nine months in 2012, single-detached starts have dominated new construction activity while multi-family starts have trailed last year's stronger levels. Low mortgage rates, a tight resale market, employment strength and net in-migration have contributed to improved singles starts levels in 2012," noted Warren Philp, CMHC's Market Analyst for Thunder Bay.

CMHC uses the trend measure as a complement to the monthly SAAR of housing starts to account for considerable swings in monthly estimates and obtain a more complete picture of the state of the housing market. In some situations, analysing only SAAR data can be misleading in some markets, as they are largely driven by the multiples segment of the markets, which can be quite variable from one month to the next. The multiples segment includes apartments, rows and semi-detached homes.

Twenty-eight single detached units started in September while there were no multiple starts. Year-to-date total starts have reached 195 actual units with only 33 of those units being semi-detached, row and or apartment units.

Preliminary Housing Starts data is also available in English and French at the following link: Preliminary Housing Starts Tables

As Canada's national housing agency, CMHC draws on more than 65 years of experience to help Canadians access a variety of quality, environmentally sustainable and affordable housing solutions. CMHC also provides reliable, impartial and up-to-date housing market reports, analysis and knowledge to support and assist consumers and the housing industry in making informed decisions.

1All starts figures in this release, other than actual starts and the trend estimate, are seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) - that is, monthly figures adjusted to remove normal seasonal variation and multiplied by 12 to reflect annual levels. By removing seasonal ups and downs, seasonal adjustment allows for a comparison from one season to the next and from one month to the next. Reporting monthly figures at annual rates indicates the annual level of starts that would be obtained if the monthly pace was maintained for 12 months. This facilitates comparison of the current pace of activity to annual forecasts as well as to historical annual levels.

Additional data is available upon request.

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Contact Information

  • Information on this release:
    Market Analysis Contact:
    Warren Philp
    807-343-2016
    Cell: 807-627-1329
    wphilp@cmhc.ca

    Media Contact:
    Beth Bailey
    Consultant, Communications and Marketing
    416-218-3355
    Cell: 416-988-4615
    bbailey@cmhc.ca